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And the Joke Contest Winners Are...

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our feminist joke contest earlier this month! After much careful consideration, we have chosen our top five. Because we don't have addresses and contact info for the people who comment on this site (you know, because we aren't creeps), if you are one of the winners you'll need to contact Kelsey (that's me) with your info so that she (I) can send...

Insurance Companies Need Our Help (Calling Them on Their Shenanigans)

From Joe Wilson to that death panel lady, everyone has healthcare on the brain lately (or at least we think they do – who can afford a CAT scan these days?). This includes the folks at Funny or Die, who put this video together. Jon Hamm, Linda Cardellini, AND public healthcare? We'll take it.

Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell

The Body Electric-Tattoo Part II: Big Beautiful

Not "Inked": one stunning tattoo story.

Adventures in Feministory: Jazz hands, for real

 Like speed metal and banda music, jazz is one of those musical genres where the presence and contributions of female artists never quite mitigates the overall sense that it's a dude's world. For Toshiko Akiyoshi, crashing the sausage party as an Asian woman was extra challenging. Nevertheless, the award-winning  jazz pianist and big-band leader was the first woman in the form's long...

Tube Tied-Bored to Death: The Secret Lives of Dudes?

Because I live in Brooklyn and I like books, it's been hard to escape the name Jonathan Ames, but I haven't, admittedly, read him. His popularity among a certain set of people has triggered the contrarian in me and I gracefully skirt his work in bookstores and magazines alike. You see, Ames is the kind of person who, the Village Voice tells me, does delightfully irreverent New York things like...

The Body Electric: Tattoo Magazines and the Big Dumb

That's my arm. I thought it only fair, if discussing the representation of tattoos, to be up front about my own. This one, taken directly from a life science textbook, falls in line with most of the work I've had done: science-y and metaphorical: half-directive, half-reminder.

 I like getting tattooed. I like the ritual of it. I like the color, swell, the formation, the symbolism...

Bed, Bitch & Beyond: Rear-Ended by Porn

Since I wrote some posts blaming sexual behavior trends on porn--including the new enthusiasm for facial cumshots and FFM threesomes--I've gotten multiple reader mail requests to discuss one more staple of mainstream hetero porn: anal sex. A disclaimer before we start: I am not arguing against anal sex. There's nothing wrong with it. It can be pleasurable and enjoyable, and--as with...

She Pop-Oh Well, Whatever, Never Mind: On Misogyny, Courtney Love, and the Guitar Hero 5 Controversy

Oh, yay! It's time to demonize Courtney Love! Again! The ever-convenient target for would-be-rock dude misogyny has come under fire, yet again, for Activision's use of an unlockable Kurt Cobain avatar in Guitar Hero 5. 

The footage from the game is undeniably creepy and wrong, even if you aren't that sensitive about the merchandising of dead rock stars. It's hard to see how, short of...

The Body Electric: Whole Foods Tells Me What I Need

What does good health have to do with $$$? Whole Foods knows!

I Can Has Feminizm?

This season has been unofficially dubbed The Summer of Death, and unfortunately this past week was no exception. As pop culture loving feminists, we are all saddened by the passings of Patrick Swayze, Mary Travers, and Henry Gibson, to name only a few. We all grieve in different ways, to be sure, but a couple of LOL tributez never hurt anybody. In order to ease our collective pain, we bring...

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